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No more tight pants

I won’t lie: I’m in a bit of a mood today. The weather is stuck in some humid, sticky, holding pattern of ick; the dog took a big fat liberty on my nice vintage Moroccan rug, and I am feeling like a bit of a chubster—and therefore in no mood to transition into the skinny jeans that I pretty much live in during the cooler months now that I don’t have to show up at an office anymore. Quite suddenly I feel desperately in need of an alternative. Part of this is a question of what looks best—it stands to reason that I’d like another option on pudgypants days like these. But also, I’d like something more graceful and easy; trouser-y, but not in a workaday way. I want them to be as casual and throw-them-on-and-go as my summer chinos.  I’ll just start in with the pair you’re all most likely to mock me for liking: this Rag & Bone harem style number, because I think they are crazy flattering. And also quite chic.

Also from Rag & Bone: these look kind of like modified leggings, and aren’t as much slouchy as they are relaxed—but they do look about as comfortable as the day is long.

There are few things I loathe more  than I loathe a pleat, but I think I could swing the itsy ones here. And I like the higher waistline, as a higher waistline is something I’m currently aspiring to in a pant as well.

This pair from Helmut Lang has just clean enough lines to make the drop crotch work. I really believe that.

Posted on September 28th, 2012 16 Comments

Morning links

  • Itsy, covert street art. (Time)
  • A Hong Kong tycoon has offered $65 million to whatever man can land his lesbian daughter—who is, considering that she already has a spouse, being a pretty good sport about about it.
  • Might a prequel to Downton Abbey be headed our way some day? (Deadline Hollywood)
  • That Todd Akin is a real class act. (New York)
  • Grand Central Station used to have a “kissing room,” and now it’s going to have one again. (Gothamist)
Posted on September 28th, 2012 2 Comments

The new animal print

Is an animal print. I’m particularly fond of this clever little birdie top from Hope.

…as well as these sly little foxes from Tory Burch.

This Tibi top takes the look in a rather grown-up, sophisticated direction.

…while this puppy-print number absolutely does not.


Isn’t it cool how the leaping rabbits on this cardigan almost create a houndstooth-like print?

Sophia Costas makes a whole bunch of animal print scarves—everything from polar bears to hedgehogs to panthers.  But I think the llama‘s my favorite.

Posted on September 27th, 2012 6 Comments

Oh, the adorability

So I’m kind of going nuts for this bag line Sidney and Sons that I discovered just yesterday. Isn’t this one lovely? In a utilitarian-but-also-quite-sophisticated way? I like it in the hunter green as well.


Also: how chic is this canvas tote? And did I mention everything is under $175?

Posted on September 27th, 2012 3 Comments

Morning links

  • Loving this poster that Joan Baez and her sisters Pauline and Mimi made in 1968 to benefit the Draft Resistance. (Retronaut)
  • In honor of its 43rd season, which just kicked off: 43 little-known Sesame Street facts. Also, some of its more notable and spoofs. (Mental floss, Daily Beast)
  •  This is kind of gross. But also quite fascinating. (Daily What)
  • I don’t usually go in for this type of thing, but I must say that Katy Perry’s Daria nail art is quite winning.
  • And…Madeleine Albright on drums. (New York)
Posted on September 27th, 2012 6 Comments

E-Z Style



Fashion people can be real snobs about pieces that come pre-styled—because, like, only amatuers need to take shortcuts—but I say to hell with that. Not only do pre-styled pieces take the guesswork out of creating a cool layered look, but they eliminate any unwanted bulk you might accumulate along the way. I popped in to Comptoir de Cottoniers* today and saw this little number, which demonstrates my point perfectly.

Likewise: I could never make this happen so—literally—seamlessly in a million years.


This is actually a dress, and rather short. But also too cute not to share.


*Comptoir doesn’t yet have American e-commerce—boo!—but they make it pretty easy to order from their British and French sites, so don’t let that deter you.

Posted on September 26th, 2012 6 Comments